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Doses - CEPHALEXIN

Dogs:

For susceptible infections:
a) 11 - 33 mg/kg PO q8h (Aronson and Aucoin 1989)
b) 22 mg/kg PO q8h; administer with food if GI upset occurs (Vaden and Papich 1995)
c) 10 - 30 mg/kg PO q8h (Riviere 1989)
d) 30 mg/kg PO q12h (Jenkins 1987a)
e) For Staph. osteomyelitis: 30 mg/kg PO q12h (Ford and Aronson 1985)

Cats:

For susceptible infections:
a) 11 - 33 mg/kg PO q8h (Aronson and Aucoin 1989)
b) 22 mg/kg PO q8h; administer with food if GI upset occurs (Vaden and Papich 1995)
c) 10 - 30 mg/kg PO q8h (Riviere 1989)
d) 30 mg/kg PO q12h (Jenkins 1987a)

Horses:

For susceptible infections:
a) 25 mg/kg PO qid (Robinson 1987)
b) 22 - 33 mg/kg PO q6h (Brumbaugh 1987)

Birds:

For susceptible infections:
a) 35 - 50 mg/kg PO qid (using suspension); most preps are well accepted. (Clubb 1986)
b) 40 - 100 mg/kg q6h PO (Hoeffer 1995)
Dosage Forms/Preparations/FDA Approval Status/Withholding Times - Veterinary-Approved Products: None

Human-Approved Products:

Cephalexin (monohydrate) Capsules 250 mg, 500 mg and Tablets 250 mg, 500 mg and 1 gram;
Keflex® (Dista); Biocef® (IEL); generic (Rx)
Cephalexin Oral Suspension 125 mg/5ml and 250 mg/5 ml in 100 and 200 ml and UD 5ml;
Keflex® (Dista); Biocef® (IEL); generic (Rx)
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